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Have a Lovely Weekend.

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What are you up to this weekend? Today’s weather feels like spring and I’m excited to leave my jacket at home! The sunshine feels so restorative on our faces. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

The beauty product I’ve used every day this year.

Jenny reveals her new cookbook cover.

This anecdote made me laugh. So charming.

Plots of 1980s movies if their protagonists had been people of color. (New Yorker)

How gorgeous are these travel photos of the United Kingdom?

Curious to try this arousal trick.

I’m not ready for isolation to end!” (New York Magazine)

My husband Alex looks like Seth Rogen, and Seth Rogen agrees, haha. (New York Times)

The prettiest birthday candles.

A brave, beautiful essay about one girl’s foster care experience. “Had we done something bad? Were we not enough? No one said, and we knew better than to ask. We went without crying or even complaining, as if childhood was a kind of war, and we had been made soldiers.” (New York Times)

Plus, three reader comments:

Says Twyla on conversations with a seven-year-old: “My husband and I don’t have any kids, but my husband is very young-at-heart and is constantly having water fights/snowball fights with the kids in our condo complex. They actually ring the doorbell and ask if he can come outside and play (he’s 45). We found out how unaware they are of his actual age when one of the boys said to him, ‘I’m telling your MOM!,’ which they did. To me.”

Says Toni on what are your home’s quirks: “My former apartment building on the Upper West Side was incredible. There was the woman who would randomly walk the halls shouting, ‘I MADE LEMON BARS’ and suddenly doors would open and there would be a little lemon bar happy hour in the halls… The lady who thanked my husband in ketchup packets for helping her in with her groceries each week (there was no taking no for an answer from Rose)… The precocious kid with his super shy parents who once asked me ‘Do you live with your friends?’ and when I replied no followed it up with ‘Do you have any friends?’ It was such a perfect little village in a big building. It truly felt like home.”

Says Tricia on conversations with a seven-year-old: “We had a big laugh over what our four-year-old said recently. My husband came downstairs in a flannel shirt and our son said, ‘Daddy! We’re not going to a wedding! Take off that fancy wedding suit!’ I guess it’s been a while since he wore a button-down… about a year, to be exact.”

(Photo by Chika.)

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  1. Cait says...

    Putting this here because I’m not sure where to go, but CoJ….what is the deal with all the newsletters these days? I read Heather Cox Richardson and GNI and LOVE THIS. So what else is out there? Do people publish these to augment lost income from COVID? What are some CoJ favorites?

  2. Carly Miller says...

    Joanna, have you come across any good articles on connecting with teens during this time? I have two teen daughters and two toddler boys, and I feel like I rarely have time for my teens. We still spend some alone time together, but it’s not the same a sit once was. My 13 year old recently confessed to me tat she misses when I would sing to her, read to her before bed and tuck her in. I feel like I’ve taken it for granted that teens still need the same affection and nurturing as toddlers. I don’t want my girls to thin I don’t love them as much as the littles, it’s just different. Does anyone have tips on meaningful time with teens? Thanks in advance!

    • Monika says...

      I’m not Joanna, and I don’t have teens (my boys are still pretty little) so I’m not sure mine is the comment you’re looking for. But I feel very much what you’re saying; I have 5 year old twins and I feel like my 8 year old is left out a lot simply because the ‘need’ levels are rather imbalanced.

      So I say to you what I say to myself, in the hopes that it may comfort you even a smidgen even if it’s not actually helpful! Love is tangible in the tone of your voice, in the way you look at your kids, in the way you hug them or tousle their hair as they sit on the sofa and watch tv. They know you love them. It also never hurts to express why. To pick out one or two qualities that stand out and make your heart burst with pride, or point out some thing they did or said that made you sit up and take notice. I remember my parents doing this with me; ‘Moni, you’ve made a great point there, you speak very well!’ or some such thing, and my own little heart would inwardly, secretly burst with happiness too.

      It’s a pandemic. We’re all struggling to be our best adequate selves. You’re looking after all your littles and worrying about their feelings? I’d say you’re just about the best parent in the world!

    • K says...

      My recommendation is to ask them how they’d like to be nurtured, and how they’d like to spend your time together. Figuring out their Love Language would be a great place to start and to get ideas, if you need them. And since your 13-year-old misses the bedtime routine, maybe could you read her a chapter of a book in bed at night, even a few times a week?

  3. Claire says...

    I am relieved to know the Spider Force is out there and ready for action.

  4. Kelli says...

    Hahahaha that story from Brooke Barker! She’s the best.

    Here’s the ongoing mystery at MY house right now- The Case of the Pistachio Bandit! My 4 year old is On The Job. Every afternoon when we take walks around our neighborhood, SOMEONE has left a trail of pistachio shells along the sidewalk. My daughter LOVES running from shell to shell, yelling “FOUND ONE!” every 4-5 feet. Who IS this pistachio bandit? And why isn’t he or she leaving any UNSHELLED pistachios for my daughter to pick up off the ground and pop into her mouth? “It’s a mystery!!” she shouts with absolute relish. Something tells me this would be a great case for the Spider Force.

    Side note: in retrospect, I may have made a mistake in dubbing this person “the Pistachio Bandit”, because now I’m stuck trying to explain to my daughter what a “bandit” is- someone who doesn’t follow the rules, but not necessarily a SCARY person who will “make you dead” (a big concern for her). I mean, this person IS walking around our neighborhood every evening, after all…

    • Julie says...

      This is so sweet and funny.

  5. Hi Joanna Goddard!
    Thanks for sharing your amazing viewpoint.
    Life is all about making happiness using the vibe of sadness. Good managers always hit the right trigger point for charming themselves.
    I feel happy reading this beautiful write-up.

  6. Jessica says...

    I read that Seth Rogen interview the other day, and I found one part so cute – but I’m not sure your husband would actually want to be called out on it?

    In Hollywood, stars learn to have fan-pleasing lines to help conversations go more smoothly – move it along past the “this again!” part of the conversation – and sometimes to help them get out of conversations, without making the other person feel bad. Like a line a particularly beautiful woman has learned to use in seamlessly getting away from a guy at a bar (even if, in this case, they don’t want to get away – just move to the next part of the conversation).

    This line is, at least to me, OBVIOUSLY one of those hollywood star-isms (as much as your husband does have a Seth-ish air): “Of all the people who get told they look like me,” he said, “you might look the most like me.”

    And it was so cute to me that your husband believed it! Reading that was like watching butter being spread on a particularly sweet-seeming piece of toast.

    Anyway, you might not want to let him know that that was obviously a line. He took the compliment so personally!

    • R says...

      This is… so weirdly, unnecessarily undermining.

    • Claire says...

      How do you know?

    • Julie says...

      What a strange endeavor, to try and minimize a potential compliment in such detail. (You’re entitled to your interpretation, of course.)

    • Sydni Jackson says...

      Feeling like maybe we should call the Spider Force to examine why this commenter is so suspicious of the authenticity of Seth Rogan’s comment…

    • Jessica says...

      Perhaps we should call the spider force to ask you all why something I thought was adorable is being interpreted as malicious.
      If you have issues with my genuinely charmed response because I apparently am over-reading what Seth said, based on my experience living in Hollywood, perhaps you should also have issue with your own comments for over-reading what I wrote?
      Thanks, guys! (Yikes!)

    • Jessica says...

      I guess I should clarify? That beautiful woman in a bar? She’s leaving, but she still wants you to feel good as she goes (and think she’s beautiful). A Hollywood star still wants you to be a fan – so they tell you things that make you feel good! It’s just an industry norm, and part of being good at being a star and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.
      A celebrity interviewer can react to these moments with cynicism or with earnestness – and the latter is kinda refreshing in our cynical times. How Alex took it was incredibly sweet, and I loved that he took it at face value – it was a level of earnestness to aspire to after the years we’ve been through.
      Anyhow…. still yikes.

    • K says...

      Working with the assumption that Seth Rogen uses that scripted line with lookalikes, how do you know that in this instance he didn’t actually mean it for once?

      And a more important question: is it better to be kind or to be “right”?!

    • Hanna says...

      K this is such a weird comment.

      And, for the record, I saw the photo of Seth Rogan for this article and for a few seconds I thought it was Alex Williams. (I’ve been reading here for a decade now so I know what he looks like…).

  7. Kathy says...

    Do you like the Vit C serum? What changes have you noticed?

  8. JT says...

    In other news, 3.5 months after I placed the order, my galaxy projector light arrived this week LOL. Of course, this was only after I had lost my patience and gotten the money refunded by my bank, following multiple unsuccessful attempts to reason with the vendor. Now I feel bad and actually called my bank, but they can’t legally do anything, unless the company disputes the refund, which, with their terrible communication, I doubt they will. What an incredibly poorly managed business!.. Now if I could only remember why in the world I ordered this light back in November…

  9. Heather says...

    Twyla’s comment is awesome! Reminds me of a few years ago when my then 5yo nephew didn’t believe my brother when he told him that his favorite person to play with was actually a grown up. One of my brother’s college friends had moved next door to them where he won the hearts of my young nephew and niece by playing with them all the time. He kept saying, “No! He’s not a grown up!” and laughing hysterically like it was a big joke. And one of my kids’ favorite people is one of my husband’s close friends who has always played with them and given them special attention. How lucky we are when our kids have people like this in their lives!

  10. Sara says...

    Timeless skin care makes a great Vit C ferulic serum that I have been using the past year. It’s around $25 so much more wallet friendly — especially if you don’t know if that type of serum is right for you

  11. Courtney says...

    Honestly I aspire to be more like Seth Rogen. I saw a tweet recently that said, “I like Seth Rogen. He smoke a lil oui’d. He make a lil vase. He stay out the way”

  12. Christina says...

    The essay about a childhood in foster care just breaks my heart.

  13. Catherine says...

    This is a CN Traveler issue, and not yours, but it is extremely frustrating, as an Irish person, to see Donegal on the list of travel photos from ‘the UK’. Donegal is not in the UK. It is not in Northern Ireland. It is in Ireland. Almost 100 years after we gained our independence from Britain – after hundreds of years of fighting and struggling for that independence, after famine and slaughter and political disenfranchisement – it is saddening and disappointing to *still* see American publications include us in ‘the UK’. Do better, U.S. publications!

    • Rose says...

      Hi Catherine,

      A Brit from London here…just came here to call out the same thing!
      I can’t believe CN could make such an embarrassingly offensive blunder to Ireland! :-(

      Echo that it’s no fault of the COJ team :-)

      All the best x

    • Anon says...

      With all due respect ladies, the CN article clearly states “UK and Ireland” at the header of the article… although the link above on the COJ article only says “UK”. That being said, Donegal is now firmly on my list of places to go as it looks absolutely stunning. I miss traveling…sigh!

  14. Annie says...

    Ok so looks like my first trip post pandemic will be beachtown hopping in the UK and Ireland. So gorgeous!

  15. K says...

    Twyla’s story!!! hahaha

  16. Heather says...

    Jo I think you look a lot like Seth Rogans wife. That would be a trippy double date.

    • t says...

      Totally agree

  17. elizabeth says...

    I really want the recipe for those cookies. They look amazing. (laughing crying emoji)

  18. Britt says...

    Love the links as always, but what I really want to know is if you can post the link to the recipe for the cookies in that photo. They look delicious!

  19. Abby says...

    The comments you choose are always good, but these are top notch!

    • Heather says...

      Agreed.
      I especially love Twyla’s.

  20. Bea says...

    Can you do a post on how to style the new mom jeans trend? I’m 30 and bought a fantastically comfortable pair of Madewell ones that have a slimmer leg (kind of like a 501), but having grown up in the 2000s and formative college years of 2010s, it’s been ingrained in me to wear dark skinny denim to hide my hips and make my legs look slimmer. I wore the mom jeans for the first time ever yesterday on a casual work day (after they sat in my closet for two months for fear of looking silly), and I felt so silly wearing them— as if I was trying to look young! Which is ridiculous! I wore a navy crewneck sweater tucked in and allbird slip-ons and was physically very comfortable but still feel like I’m doing it wrong. Maybe it’s because the trend isn’t quite mainstream yet? It didn’t help that a male coworker (who always seems to find a way to touch your arm/shoulder/hand in every single interaction— even in a two second “hey how are you” head nod exchange in the hall) followed me to my cubicle after passing him in the hallway to comment “oh so I see you’re wearing the new high waisted jeans. That’s the new look, huh?” UGH

    • J says...

      I bet you looked totally great in your new jeans. I think the trick is to match your outfit with an IDGAF attitude, shoulders back and your head held high – and fake it til you make it if you have to :-) And I also think mom jeans are all about the ankle, bare or not – so check your sock game if it’s still cold where you are :-)

      Re your colleague- EWWW. How exhausting and I’m sorry you have had to deal with this irritation/creep. How you respond is a matter for you, based on how you best feel able to cope with confrontation and your workplace dynamic. But you’re not imagining it. It’s really (insert word of your choice) annoying at the very least. I’m not great at challenging people directly (I need to work on it) so I would be talking to my co-workers for support to figure out an effective way to collectively respond which I felt ok about. Can you find some allies at work?

      Sending cute outfit vibes and solidarity XX

    • Alice says...

      I would love this too! I also bought some recently. I feel like the Youths of Today wear them with cropped t shirts, and while that looks fantastic on a teenager, I’m 31 and I’m not sure I want to be doing that right now haha. If I wear a sweater/ jumper with them, I feel so boxy and masculine looking and I just have no idea what to do! Help us, please!

    • Kate says...

      That sounds super cute! I’m pretty sure you’re doing it right – I started wearing mom jeans like two years ago, after similarly wearing skinny black jeans to hide my thighs. It was weird at first, but now I LOVE how they aren’t trying to hide anything and really embrace my natural body type… and are also so comfy! I also have a Madewell pair, and wear it with everything from t-shirts to silk blouses tucked in on fancier days. I promise you don’t look weird or like you’re doing it wrong – it’s just an attitude shift after years of skinny jeans!

    • Heather says...

      Mainly chiming in to say: very gross of your coworker and sorry you have to deal with him! I know the type – when they visit in my cube I’ll try to stand up and physically put my chair between us or one time just extended my legs out trying to prevent them from entering, but they just tapped their feet to mine anyways. It’s infuriating!

      But that aside – I’m in a very similar boat and just bought my first pairs of these this year too. I have a pretty boring wardrobe that consists of sleeveless linen tops and I’ve found they work really well with those jeans. Front tucked in or with more cropped versions as well – then if it’s cooler I’ll throw a cardigan on. I would love to see some styling as well, but what you did sounded great!

    • Alex says...

      Bea – 2 things = one, if you feel comfortable in dark skinny jeans, ROCK those dark skinny jeans! Sometimes no amount of coaxing, marketing, complimenting will change our mind about a piece of clothing. (All though, I’m sure you looked stellar in the madewell jeans).
      Two – with you on that UGH about your coworker. Been there MANY a times. I’m sorry there’s that extra burden at work for you.

    • Espy says...

      Can I ask which style of Madewell jeans you bought? I’m 32, so I went through the same skinny jean indoctrination. Went for a walk this morning and the college kids were out in full force–not a pair of skinnies in sight! While I don’t have any desire to look 22, I realized that my lazy go to outfit was right out of 2014 and could use an update. Would love a styling guide as well!

    • Tracey says...

      The key is to not want to look skinny. Once you abandon that as your measure of looking and feeling good you’ll feel fine.

      I wear big shapeless floaty dresses, am I fat? Skinny? Who knows! It’s no ones business. I hope that it looks flattering, but only if flattering means “radiates fun and joy and warmth and comfort, can dance on a whim or eat dinner comfortably” this bs where “flattering = skinny” has to stop.

  21. Kate says...

    The arousal trick reminded me of how many steamy erotic novels I’ve found myself reading this past year, especially ones with women-with-women relationships. I identify as bisexual, but am in a cis-hertero relationship and it’s been wonderful to use literature to get in touch with my sexuality. Wondering if Cup of Jo would ever run a round-up of the team’s favourite sexy stories/podcasts?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oooh such a good idea!

    • C says...

      Omg……………………. Wait. There’s such a thing as sexy podcasts? I’m blushing and extremely intrigued.

    • b says...

      It’s not a podcast, but I like Dipsea. I had to cancel my subscription (it’s around $50/year) for financial reasons, but I may treat myself for my birthday in August.

    • N says...

      Hey Kate! Can I ask what you’ve been reading?? I also identify as bi but have only been in cis-hetero relationships. Would love to explore that side of myself through books before I do in person (my current relationship is semi-open so there is room for that for me).

    • Abbey says...

      I love that idea! I got so repeatedly disappointed with the quality of romantic/erotic fiction that I picked up in the past year that I ended up writing my own. Like… a novel. HA! Apparently being in a long-distance relationship during a global pandemic was just the push I needed to really flesh out the fantasy, so to speak. Anyway, I’m *still* looking for quality recommendations for sexy stories (I KNOW there are some) so COJ doing a round-up would answer my prayers.

    • Kate says...

      OMG Talia Hibbert’s books are PHENOMENAL. Incredibly diverse and inclusive and realistic characters and holy heck, some of THE STEAMIEST scenes ever written. Like, oh my god. Each one is about a different sister who is going through very relatable life things while finding companionship and I just adore them.
      Get a Life, Chloe Brown
      Take a Hint, Dani Brown
      Act Your Age, Eve Brown

  22. Monica says...

    I scrolled down eagerly hoping for the next best quarantine chocolate chip cookie recipe as advertised in the photo….alas

    In case anybody else did too, here is my longtime favorite:

    https://smittenkitchen.com/2015/04/salted-chocolate-chunk-cookies/

    I have also gotten into making chocolate chip cookie butter frosting and putting it on things.

  23. Kaitlin says...

    Hi COJ team,

    Just a note that the Leah Warner photo is actually a repost from another IG user named chika. I know how much you care about attribution so thought I’d mention it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes thank you so much! just changed xo

  24. LC says...

    Hi Jo, Thanks for your thoughtful curation of links for the weekend, as always! I would love to read the NYT piece on a foster care but the link took me to a different essay on celibacy… also interesting but perhaps not what you intended. ;)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh the title is about celibacy, but it’s based on her experience in the foster care system. (I know, the lede was confusing!)

  25. JenM says...

    I love love love Skinceuticals C serum (magic!) but the price feels crazy. Then I found Beautystat’s vitamin C serum which is about $80 but often on their site they have discounts. It is awesome, the results are the SAME (I have fair skin and annoying sun blotches this stuff erases like magic), and it is a Black owned beauty company. I tried other Skinceuticals “dupes” with zero luck but now I’m hooked on Beautystat. I haven’t tried their other products as haven’t had the need but if anyone else has I’m all ears.

    • Jeanne says...

      Thank you for the rec!

    • Ashley says...

      Hi! I haven’t tried many vitamin C products since the Drunk Elephant one that smelled horrible. Do either of these products have a scent?

    • Erin says...

      I’ve seen a lot of skincare enthusiasts mentioning Timeless Vitamin C/E/Ferulic serum as a Skinceuticals dupe (and it’s only $20!).

    • Anna says...

      Try their Overnight Resurfacing Peel next. It’s magic!

    • DeeSea says...

      JenM, thank you so much for the Beautystat rec! I’ve heard great things about Skinceuticals, but I can’t in good conscience support their animal testing (especially when there are so many excellent options these days–why would anyone choose pro-cruelty products anymore?). Beautystat is cruelty-free–hooray! I’m placing an order right now.

  26. Lynn says...

    This picture of the cookie looks amazing! Where is the recipe from?
    Thank you!

  27. Neela says...

    Congratulations on your book Jenny! I feel like you cop a fair amount of flack on this platform for your meat-based recipes, yet no one particularly notes it when you post vegetarian recipes (like the broccoli pesto which we tried tonight, thank you for the idea!). Well here is indeed an entire book dedicated to your commitment to making a move towards a plant-based diet, and I just want to take a moment to thank you for your work and for inspiring us to move along this path with you.

    • Rusty says...

      Me too!
      I chose to be vegetarian at 7 years of age, much to my family’s discomfort. They slowly understood that it wasn’t a phase and my mother, a magnificent cook, switched out recipes to accommodate me. They all expected me to change, but I never have and now, middle aged, there are more people realising the health benefits, BUT the single, biggest contributor to global warming (way beyond using fossil fuels) is griwing animals to kill, to eat.
      For me, it’s just “Wwhhyy?!?!?” So, a great book that will be a wonderful present for so many people, for so many reasons!!!
      Thank you, Jenny!🌱🌏🌱

  28. Danni says...

    This might be silly, but I can’t tell if Jenny’s book is ALL vegetarian recipes or if it’s a 5:2 ratio of meatless to meat! Would love a confirmation before ordering.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it’s all vegetarian! xo

  29. Sarah says...

    Just pre-ordered the book! Congratulations, Jenny!

    • Ashley says...

      Me too! Excited! Pre-ordering is fun because you forget about it and then, Bam! Surprise book!

      Congrats on the book baby Jenny!

  30. jdp says...

    also…lookalikes aside, love alex’s writing. swashbuckling! jays and clays! loved learning about seth rogen as a pothead, um, potter.

  31. K says...

    Thank you so much for putting in the Dear Polly piece about not being ready for the pandemic to end. Having similar feelings and afraid something is wrong with me…

  32. Stephanie says...

    I keep rereading the Twyla comment about her husband playing with the neighborhood kids. It’s just so sweet, funny and heartwarming! <3

    • Marisa says...

      I know, me too! I even read it out loud to my husband.

    • Mary says...

      Yeah me too. It’s so funny! 💛

    • Twyla says...

      I’m so glad to hear! Having my comment featured was seriously the highlight in my week!

  33. Tania says...

    Ha, a quick search solved the mystery. It’s called Acure Vitamic C & Ferulic Acid (head desk). Thanks for the tip!

  34. Agnès says...

    Oh the readers’ comments are the best this week! (they are always good anyway!). They made me smile and feel close to this community! Hellos from Paris.

  35. Elizabeth says...

    I am certainly ready for the isolation to end, but am finding the idea somewhat disconcerting. Like that feeling when you walk out of a movie matinee into the daylight and your brain thinks it should be dark. I have been very isolated and have gotten use to it. It will be an adjustment for me for sure.

    • Maryn says...

      Such a perfect comparison!!

    • l says...

      same

    • J.K. says...

      Feeling exactly the same. Loved how this Ask Polly q + a captured this uncertainty so beautifully.

    • Elizabeth says...

      This comment sums up how I feel so, so much! Thank you for sharing, it really resonates so much. I thought I was the only one feeling some trepidation – it’s a hard-to-articulate mix of hope and genuine desire for things to be easier, but also like I’ve been in a bit of a cocoon and I don’t think I’m ready to “hatch” yet.

  36. AN says...

    “Foam Home”…LOL.

  37. Claire says...

    Omg, that Seth Rogan article! Joanna, as I was scrolling through the article and came across the photo of Seth and his wife, Lauren, I thought for a second–wait, is that Joanna and Alex?! You look like her (at least to me)! Too funny.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      That’s what another friend said too! So funny.

    • YES exactly!!!!! Joanna, please can you and hubs to seth rogan and wife lookalike photos?!!!!! Come on, it’s a pandemic give us this : )

    • Rusty says...

      Doppelgangers!!!
      Hahaha 😹😹

    • Cindy says...

      This is exactly what I came here to say! Joanna, please, if you love us and want to get us over the pandemic finish line, you will find a green dress and recreate this photo with Alex.

  38. Rebecca says...

    And Seth Rogan’s wife looks a little like you!

    I saw the article previously and actually thought he looked like your husband, but I hadn’t read it and discovered that funny little story. The glasses really just seal the deal.

    Discovering doppelgängers is always interesting. You are all beautiful! :)

  39. Margot says...

    The Seth Rogen story was so funny :) Am I the only one who thinks that Joanna also looks a bit like Seth’s wife Lauren?

  40. Leah K says...

    The person who wrote the New Yorker article (Plots of 1980’s Movies) is my friend! He’s very talented and has also written for McSweeney’s. You can find more of his work at @shadesofgreaves. I’m so excited to see him listed on here!

  41. katie says...

    Twyla’s comment made my week. Thank you!!!

    I recently bought and started using the SkinCeuticals CE Ferlic. So far, I’m liking it. I can’t wait to see if there is a difference in a couple of weeks. It was 15% off at Dermstore a while ago. While not much, any little bit of a percent off helps.

    Also loved the NYT article.

  42. Becca says...

    I’ve had Skin Ceuticals CE Ferulic Acid on my list for awhile now. I know it works and it’s worth it, but during the pandemic I had a hard time with the price. Just recently I found the Acure version and I’m impressed with the results!

    • Tania says...

      What’s the acure version?? I was hoping someone might have a budget swap suggestion in the comments! :)

    • Tania says...

      Ha, a quick search solved the mystery. It’s called Acure Vitamic C & Ferulic Acid (head desk). Thanks for the tip!

    • Joaquina says...

      Good to know. Also Maelove C serum is much more affordable, free shipping, cruelty free. Been using it for two years now, liking the results.

    • Meghan says...

      I am a dermatology nurse practitioner and CE Ferulic is truly the best C serum out there but, obviously, not in everyone’s budget. Drunk Elephant’s C Firma is a nice alternative and is 1/2 the cost.
      Also, what’s key is to remember that the improvement in pigmentation that the vitamin C serums provide won’t be long lasting unless you wear sunscreen every single day; it is a waste of money if you aren’t also being proactive in shielding the sun from your skin.
      And – last plug here – my basic patient education for people concerned with signs of aging are: a 30 or more SPF in the AM every day (a part of your moisturizer or solo product) no matter what, an AM vitamin C serum application and a PM retinol or retinoid (over the counter or by prescription) and don’t smoke. And get an annual skin exam.

  43. Fabiola Bailey says...

    I loved this interview by your husband with Seth Rogen. I read it last Sunday and thought the line about Seth’s twin passions, jays and clays was so clever!

  44. Christina says...

    Yes! I really hoped that Twyla’s comment would be chosen! I have come back to re-read it several times. It is just adorable!

  45. Elaine says...

    The beauty product is $166!!!!…I’ll go for the arousal trick :DDDDD

  46. MB says...

    Oh my gosh!! I read that Seth Rogen article yesterday! I didn’t know Alex wrote it (it was good btw!) but when he made the comment that he’s been told he looks like Seth Rogen, I thought, hmm, wish there was a pic. Totally forgot that photos of the author are included at the beginning of an article.

  47. jane says...

    Your husband hides behind his beard but he is waaay more handsome than Seth Rogan – I’ve always remembered the photo of him without a beard on one of your posts from I think when you were dating or engaged.